“Bonjour-Hi” and everything wrong with the SNL skit!
The latest episode of Saturday Night Live featured a Canadian-themed sketch, complete with references to Drake, Montreal bagels, Degrassi, Longueuil, and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It was the second sketch on last Saturdays’ program which just so happened to also feature Canada’s own Justin Bieber.
In case you missed it, the skit involved a French-Canadian morning news show set in Montreal called Bonjour Hi!, with Bowen Yang and Kate McKinnon playing hosts Jean-Lawrence while Anne-Marie Issa Rae (who hosted SNL) also appeared as Awa Sene, Bonjour Hi!‘s Toronto correspondent, who spent the whole sketch looking for Drake in a segment called ‘Drake Watch’.
Like all good “Bonjour-Hi” controversies, many people aren’t happy about how it poked fun at French-Canadian media and it appears the discourse around last weekend’s broadcast is not going away.
It isn’t so much that Montrealers can’t take a joke but rather because the comedy sketch wasn’t accurate to Montreal culture, which is surprising since Bowen Yang, who starred in the sketch, lived in the Montreal area for a few years as a child.
Recently on The Beat 5@7, Cat and Claudia discussed everything wrong with the skit and offered advice on how they would have written it. Take a listen to the spot above. Enjoy!